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hour; but Mr. Drake is proud and vain. The have the right of temaining the centre of the conprofits of his secret missions must have made him spiracies, which England never ceases to form wealthy and covetous.. He will be punished, when against France and Helvetia ? These objects he shall know, that the revolt of the four depart deserve your utmost solicitude, Citizen Fiest Conments, the capiure of Huningen, the seduction of sul; and I dare to tell you so, because this privia the army, the liberation of Pichegru, Moreau, of, lege belongs to the Chief of Justice, and the most Georges, and his confederates; the existence of serious attention in this respect forms part of the Diplomatic Committee; in short, the talents, your first durics - It may be objected, I know, the credit and projects of this demagogue general, that England, as a friendly power, has a right to by nature endowed with a sublime eloquence, an send minisiers to the Electors of Bavaria, Baden, imposing figure, and who is quite disposed to ef. and Wirtemhurgh. But English diplomacy is fect, at his call, the overthrow of France, are composed of two sorts of agents, whoin all the chimeras, with which clië Prefect of Strasburg Convincar well know how to distinguish. Such has liked to feed lais simple credulity. He will ministers as Cornwallis and Warren, are never ac.. be punished, when he learns that all his bulletins, credited but for honourable missions, to maintain wbich were sent to London, by extraordinary a good understanding between nations, and to messcogers, communicated to every court, hawked regulate the grand interests of policy or of coma about by the English ministers as far as Cotisran- merce; whilst the Wickhams, the Diakes, and the tinople, and of which traces are found even in the | Spencer Smiths, are known throughout Europe as discussions of Parliament, were fabrications, and
the artificers of crimes, whose cowardice is proined nothing either true or probable; that | tected by a sacred character. I will say more, the helore they were transmitted in him, they had presence of these contemptiblc agents is very been communicated to the agents of che Police of morčitying to the Princes in friendship with Paris, who blushed on reading them; and could France; and the Courts of Munich and Stutgard not recover from their surprise, or seeing that fa. cào not support, without disgust, Drake and Spenbles, framed with so little care and trouble, could cer Smith; whom numberless reasons render suscharm Mr. Drake, and serve as a basis for the peces of a very different mission from that which, operations and calculations of the cabinet Mr. is announced by their official vitle. In conseDrake will be punished, when he shall know, that quence of the demand that you have made of thein, his bills, his gold, his correspondence, those of his the Electors of Bavaria and Wirtemburgh bave colleagues, the spics at Rotterdam, Abbeville, Pa. driven from their statische impure remains of the ris, and Munich, are the sport of men, who, by apo French who are enemies to their countty, and proaching him and his colleague at Stutgard, by whose hatred has survived the calamities of civil watching their stcps; and by sudying their chia wat, and the pardon which you have granted racter, have learned and can'teach Europe, chat a thein. Let them equally drive away these artinministry, which renders itself despicable by thie cers of conspiracy, whose mission has no other choice and lyihe conduct of its diplomatic agents, object but io reanimate the intestine dissentions čånnot inspire cicher fear or confidence in the go. of France; and to sow fresh discord on the Conti. vernments of the Continent; and that the inso. nent. Ought not our ocighbours to suffer an Teace and corruption; which that ministry employ, equal alarm wish ourselves at the return of politias weapons to intimidate or lead astray the Coun. cal troubles, and of all those horrors of war, which cils of Sovereigas, do now find a powerful antidote can be profitable only to that nation which is the in the discovery of the meanness, the immorality enemy of every other! I demand, in the most and stupidity of their diplóniacy.- Coriccroing | carnest maonics, and every duty I owe you, Citizen Mr. Spencer Smith, I have strong reasous to think First Consul, impels me to make the request; that i hat the operations entrusted to him are not con the cabinet may take such effectual measures, that fined to these plots; that he directs the events the Wickham's, the Drake's, and the Spencer which are taking place in the Canion of Zurich; Smith's, may not be received by any power in and that the disturbances, by which that miserable friendship with France; whatever may be their district is again agitated, are owing to his gold aod title or character; men whe preach up assassin. his intrigues. Citizen First Consul, perhaps I. tion, and fumeat domestie troubles; the agents of transgress the bounds of iny function; but I must corruption, the missionaries of retolt against all tell you, with thạt truth which you love to hear, I. established governments, ate the enemies of all France cannot suffer a hostile power to establish; states, and of all governments. The law of na. oo neutral territory, accredited agents, whose 1 tions does not exist for them. I have fulfilled my principal mission is to carry discord to the bosom duty, Citizen First Consul, in caposing to your of the republic. You are at the head of a nation view, the facts which prove, chat Diake and great enough, strong, and brave enough; to obtain, Spencer Smith, exercise upon the Continent, the as your right, an absolute neutrality. You have sathe mission with which Wickham was charged constantly commanded me sot to suffer that con during the last war. Your supreme wisdom will "piracies be framed in any part of our immense do the resc. terricory, against any existing government; and Report of the mission with which I have been chureed by a!ready, during the short space of time clapsed The Counsellor of State and Preface of the Department of since I have been entrusted with the administra. the Laruer Rhint, newr. Mr. Drake, Minister from tion of the police, have I repeatedly annulled England to Munich. machinations which threatened the King of Na On the oth Ventőse, after having recived ples and the Holy See; I have pursued as far as frorr the hands of the Pretect of the Lower Rhine, Strasburgh the forgers of Vienna bank-notes. All the instructions 'of Mr. Mulder, I quitoed Stras, these facts have proved how sincere your wish is burgh to go to Mr. Drake, Minister of England, as to secure, established governments against every Munich. Oa ile Isth I arrived bt Augsburgh kind of propagandas and plots. Why should you and sent tiin two letters, of which I give ihe not have the right to demand an entire reciprocity copics: from the States of the Germanic Empire? Why Sir, I have been charged by Ms. Muller, should Mugich, Syntgard, Eitcalicim, and Friburgo 1 with a letter which I shall very muck wish to give
into your own hands. Will, you, therefore, have sweri' Mr. Drake then spoke to me of Piche. the goodness to name the day and hour chat will gru. I asked him if it were his opinion that he be least inconvenient to you. I have the honour, was in France ? He said, certainly not: 'I am &c. On the 17th in the morning, finding that I extremely well acquainted with him, and he is a did not receive any apswer, I departed for Munich; man of merit; but he is too cold and too heavy da my arrival I wrote again to Mr. Drake as fol. to be engaged to take such a step; be assured lows:
that he is at this momen: in London, and propa· SIR, During the four days that I remained gate that opinion every where. As to Georges, I at Augsburgh, I have bid the honour to address positively know that he cannot be at Paris, as I two let:ers to you, and I presume that you have have received letters from persons in London who not received them, as no answer has been sent to had seen him the moment before they wrote to me; will you, sir, let me know the hour when I me. I have informed him of the reports which may hope to deliver to you in person, that which have been circulated of a continental war; I have • Mr. Myller charged me to deliver to you. I have described such an event as the most terrible blow the honour, &c.
that could happen for the jacobins, as' that As soon as he had received this letter, he sent would establish the government for ever. He for me to come to him immediately, and that he said in answer, that there were strong reisons expected nie. I accordingly presented myself to to justify the expectation, that Russia would be Mr. Drake, as aid-de-camp to a republican gene. prevailed on to declare against France. He con-' sal, and delivered to him niyletter of introduction, verscd at considerable length on the projceted and the tenor of which was as follows:
descent on England, and at the same time was S18- The person who will deliver this note very prodigal of injurious expressions against to you, has been appointed by the company to ad. the First Consul; and it was in vain that he dress you, some days since, as my organ; he has dissembled the fear which affected him, re. the entire confidence of those who send him; and specting the descent and enterprising genius I beg oh you to consider what he may say as the of the French army. He spoke much of Mr. Mul-' sincere expression of their sentiments. The most ler. I answered him according to my instrucagrecable part of his commission, will doubtless tions, that I had not seen him, &c. and that I be, to assure you of the devotion of the company. knew positively that he was gone to the army of Permit me, Sir, to add, the assurance of the high the coast on a very important mission. He smiled consideration with which I have the honour to be, with an air of satisfaction, and said to me-On &C. MULLER.
my learning the arrest of Moreau, I wrote to Mr. He had no sooner read this letter, than he in- Muller to come to me, with orders to forward the quired what news there was in France, and how Ittter to him wherever he might be; nor cao I things went on in that country? I answered him, conceive why it has been delayed. I am, how. that the moment of triumph for the jacobins was ever, certain, that he is in Germany; for one of arrived; that every one was of opinion that my friends writes me word, that he has not only more. favourable occasion to attempt something I seen but spoken to him; in short, I expect to see against the government would not be found, than him every day. I ain very glad to tell you, that that which now presented itself. What can I this Citizen Muller does not possess a very great do for you? tell me what are your views ? what degree of confidence; he goes rarely to the comdo you hope to accomplish ? have your general | mittee, which is a matter of great complaiat. and your committee formed any projects? • With respect to that, I desire you to tell your Perceiving this to be a favourable moment, I pre general, that when I sent him into France, it was scored him my plan of operations, which is the inerely to form a correspondence, but not to resame as that noted down in the minute of my in main there as he has done, for he ought to have structions. After having read it three times with been returned these two months. He has also in. attention, he said to me - This is a very good formed me by letter, of every thing you tell me, plan, but I do not observe many fortified towns and even more, that the committee had accused among those that you describe, and it is to those, him of having received funds for another revoluhowever, we must pay the greatest attention.' tionary commitee, of which I have no knowledge I named the place of arms, and the citadel of Be. whatcver. If I have not rcmitted more funds, it sançon. I represented to him that this town was is, I must avow frankly, that I did not clearly very strong, and that we were certain of finding I understand the proiect of v
| understand the project of your commit ee.. Some there a large park of artillery and ammunition of time since it was communicated to me by letter, every kind. Have you horses for your artile that four departments might be iocited to insurlery?' We are assured of having them.'-'That rection, and that I was to send them a plan of is very well, but take care to use dispatch, and operations. I ask you, however, if it were rei. never strike till you are sure of your blow; but sonable that I should do so, as I was not acin case it should fail, can you retire to Mount quainted with their means, and what they were Jura ? Can you find a secure retreat there, and be qualified to execute. Now, things are very difcertain of defending yourselves for a long time? | ferent, and I have a clear insight into them. I In this inserval, the other departments, in which shall, therefore, employ inyself most willingly in you have already formed a party, will produce a I giving all the pecuniary aids which are at my disdiversion. Alter having paused a moment, he posal ; vou inay have an entire reliance on me hastened to ferch his map, to discover what town come and dine with me, therefore, on Friday, at of Germany was nearest to one of those that we four o'clock, and you will find your dispatch were to occupy, ia order (he said) to render our ready.' --On Friday I presented myself again to communication more prompt, and to give every Mr. Drake, when he gave me a most gracious re. necessary assistance. This plan merirs, on my ceprion. Your business is completed. I have part, the greatest attention, and it has my hearty writren to your general, and I think he will have approbation. To-morrow, or the day after, I | every reason to be satisfied with me: the writing shall write to your general, and I doubt not but is not visible, but I presume that he has a receipt you will he the bearer of a very satisfactory an. to make it so. If he did not know it, Mr, Mule
ler would communicate it to him. You will also , about to take my' departure ; but never fear, my secommend him not to be in too great a hurry, friend, this report is without the least foundation. for my frst advice was to wait ull B. was depart He let me out by a little secret door, and accomed for Boulogne, and on the point of embarking: paniod me to the gates of the town, telling me, at You will make your general feel the pecessity of the same time, that he hoped very soon to hear getting possessiou of Alsace, but principally of news from my general.'--Such were the ex.. Huninguén, and the citadel of Strasburgh; ah! pressions made use of by Mr. Drake in the conwhat a blow it would be if you could obtain thos: versation which we had relative to my mission. two places; I could come nearer to you, and The plan or letter of Mr. Drake, written in symcould give you pecuniary succour; there would pathetic ink, the letter which was addressed to then be no delay in our operations; we could act me by the name of Lefebvre, the receipt of the in concert, and every thing would proceed infi. I post-masters of Kanstadt, of the letter addressed nitely better; it is also of great importance to to Mr. Smith, ai Stutgard, with the four bills of have a large party af Paris, for without that the l exchange, have been sent to the Prefect.rest is nothing; you must get rid of Bm (i (signed) ---Ruser, Adjutant-Major, Captain ofice acknowledge my fears at this moment of betray. 9 h Regiment of Infantry of the Line- Strasing the lively indignation which agitated me). He burgh, Murch 23, 1894.' proceeded :--It is the surest means of obtaining your liberiy, and making peace with England. SUMMARY OF POLITICS. One thing I recommend to your general, to stir
Mr. DRAKE.---This unfortunate gentle.' up par ies of every denomination ; they are all equally important io you, whether they are roy
man has, it-seems, been ordered to quit the alists or jacobins, &c. You must, however, ex. I dominions of the Elector of Bavaria, who cept the iriends of B. , whom you cannot bas caused him to be officially informed, that crust, from the fear of being betrayed. Your gel the honour of the Elector and the welfare of neral must also set at defiance the proclamations which the Consul will not fail to have circulated,
his people have compelled him “to declare when your insurrection shall be commenced; he
" to his excellency, Mr. Drake, that from will say, that such and such departments had a " this moinent" [see the note, p. 678) " it disposition to rise, but that it is entirely at an " will be iinpossible for him to have anyi end, which will be done tv alarm ihe other depait.
" communication with his excellency!" ments, and prevent them from acting, for such were the means employed to extinguish the war
But, the most important passage in this of La Vendée. A report was spread abroad that
note, ji this: the ORIGINALS of the letters Georges was arrested, and a similar rumour was publisbed by the French government, as the propagated respecting Pichegru ; for though this letters of Mr Drake, were, at the time the day's gazette announces his arrest, I do not be.
note was written, IN POSSESSION OF THE lieve a word of it. It is very possible to seize on some unfortunate person, and say that it is Piche
Elector. It was, then, rightly conjectur: gru; it is a matter of great importance, that you ed, last week, [p. 629), That Mr. Drake should tell your general to take the ewliest oppor. would not thank his friends for making his tunity of indicating to me one or two towns, into guilt, or innocence, as to the charge of which I may send confidential persons, who shall
abeiling assassination, rest upon the issue of be furnished with funds, at the disposition of your general. Two or three thousand Louis may be an inquiry respecting the authenticity of the sent him at a time. It is golel, 1 believe, that I letters attriboted to him by the French will be most convenient to him, as I cannot send In ibe second report of the grand judge, Mr. him paper on Paris without giviog cause for sus. picion. You will remit to him these four bills of
Spencer Smith, our minister at the court of exchange for 9990 francs, or 10,114 livres 175. 6d.;
the Elector of Wurtemburgh, is included in it is all the paper I have been able to procure on the charge ; and, it is stated, in the French Paris. I have just written to Mr. Smith, at Stur papers, that Mr. Smith fled from Støtgard, gard, to collect all the funds in his power, in order
after having burnt all his papers, while, at that the operations may not languish for want of
| the same time, Mr. Drake was fleeing from moacy. If, however, you will wait till Wednesday, you may carry with you a more considerable
Munich, on f ot, to avoid falling into the sumi- answered him thar my general had ex. hands of a party of gens-d'armes, whom lie pressly ordered my immediate return, and that it understood to have left Strasburgh for the was impossible for me to wait. If your general
purpose of seizing him.---When it was sends you again, or any other person, you will tell
stated, some time ago, in the Register, that him to send them directly to me ; an apartment will always be ready for them, I live out of the our ministers would be chased off the Copia town on purpose, fui I am surrounded with spies: nent, the expression was used figuratively : every motion of mine is watched!'- Apropos, it was, only a few months back, scarcely to be I replied, it had escaped my memory to tell you
conceived, that British ministers at neutral of the report, tbat you are about to quit this town and return to England; you are, it is said, recali.
courts would be literally chased from the docd by your government, and I declare that the minions of those courts; that they would · news greatly afflicted me.-' It is true that such a actually be hunted home, as beasts of prey report has preva'led, but I cannot explain the are hunted to their dens. -----Nor, if we are cause of it: some time since I furnished my 1 to form an opinion from the second report of house, and having demanded of the upholsteris the inventory of the goods which he hal supplied | the grand judge, will this humang be eoutaime with, it was immediately thought that I was į ed to the two unfortunate diplomatists abuve
named. This high judicial person, this real | in any of the countries, over which he has “ truly great character," observes to Buo: an in Auence? That such would be the con naparté, that it will be impossible for France sequeuce of the detecting of Mr. Drake's to suffer an hostile power to establish, on little intrigues was predicted, in the Register, neutral terri'ory, accredited agents, whose the moment the detection was heard of: principal mission is to carry discord to the “ These letters," was it observed, (p. 566), bosom of the republic. “ You," says he, " will serve strongly to corroborate the * Citizen First Consul, are the head of a “ charge, which has been made against " nation great enough, strong and brave “ England, which will now be inplicitly be. “ enough, to obtain, as your right, an ab. r lieved all over the Continent, and which • solute neutrality." Then he reminds the “ belief will facilitate, the project of the Consul, who, it would seem, has a short “ French for cutting of a connecion, even of memory as to these marters, of the many in "a formal diplomatic nature, between Engstances in which foreign traitors and plotters “ land and the states bordering upon France. have been driven out of France, since the " It will draw round the latter another tier establishment of the consolar power; and, “ of states hostile to us; and, thus, the prothough the judge does, indeed, niake no “ ject of the “ safe politicians" will finally mention of, or allusion to, the Irish gen:le " have no other effect, than that of sinking men, of whom Lord Hawkesbury speaks, “ our country still lower in the eyes of the he roundly asserts to the First Consul, who, " world, while it will leave the enemy still he says, dearly loves to hear the truth, "that “ more secure on the side of the Contient, " the Consol's wish is most sincere to secure " and leave him nothing to provide for but « established governments against every kind “ an attack upon these islands, wlienever " of propagandas and plois."--All this, “ our financial or other distresses or trou. however, seems intended merely to prepare " bles shall render the time favourable for the Consul for what follows ; to wit : « making that attack." — But, Lord “ Why, then, should you not have a right Hawkesbury, the “ solid young Lord" " to demand an entire reciprocity from the Hawkesbury, has written a circular letter “ states of the Germanic empire? Why to the foreign ministers residing in London, " should Munich, Stutgard, Ettenheim, and by way of answer to the circular communi“ Friburg, have the righl of remaining tbe cation of Talleyrand and the letters which “ ceilte of the conspiracics which England he thereupon received from the foreign mi. “ never ceases to form against France and nisters at Paris. This is, probably, ihe , “ Helvetia ?" The grand judge allows, how. " strong means," which, on the 16th ulti. cver, that “it may be said, that England, mo, the Doctor promised the Parliament he " as a friendly power, has a right to send would employ, for the purpose of “ convinc“ ministers to the Electors of Baden, Bava- “ ing the world of the purity of the inten“ ria and Wurtemburgh ;" but, after have " tions of himself and his colleagues ;" and, ing argued the matter a little, he concludes it must be confessed, that if temerity be a thus : “ Therefore, I beseech you, in the mark of strength, it was a strong measure “ most earnest manner, and every duty I indeed to commit the defence of the national “ owe you, Citizen First Consul, impels me character to the pen of a poor, dull, talent“ to pat up the prayer, that you will take less man, like Lord Hawkesbury, whose un“ speedy and effectual measures, that the intelligible and paltry epistle can only tend “ Wickhams, the Drakes, and the Spencer to decide against us those few persons who " Smiths, may not, ander whatever title or entertained any doubts upon ihe subject. “ character, be received by any power in To criticise every part of this perform“ friendsbip with France." If a bag of ance, would require more room than can be Mr. Drake's guineas had dropped down upon here allotted to it; but, there are some few the table before this “ truly great character," | points which must not be overlooked. The I doubt whether it would not have interrupto letters, to which the solid young lord was aned his pious invocation, if not have put a swering, say nothing about the charge of instop to his prattling altogether. But, in tended assassination ; yet, it is that with deed, who does not perceive, that the paper, which the solid lord begins. And, how does entitled a Report of the Grand Judge, is, as inhe produce an acquittal of himself and cile ali similar cases in France and elsewhere, the leagues? How does he “ convince the production of the cabinet ? And who doos “ world of the purity of their intentions ?" not think, therefore, that the passages, above. In short, what does he say about this matquoted. prove that it is the intention of Buo- l ter ? « His Majesty has directed me to deDaparté not to suffer us to keep ministers, or “ clare, that he hopes he shall not be rediplomatic agents of any rank or description, “ daced to the necessity of repelling, with
“ merited scorn and indignation, the atro- | treaty of Amiens ? Buonaparte was a very “ cious and utterly unfounded calumny, that I good sort of a man, notwithstanding the fate “ the government of his Majesty has been a of those persons ; Mr. Otto was caressed, " party to plans of assassination." The so- and the porcelaine de Seve went merrily lid lord will hardly think it unreasonable, if round; buy now, behold, the having com: we stop here, for the purpose of inquiring mitted a murder is to deprive the French what this ineans; and, whether he really in | government of all pretension to, veracity. tended to convey an idea, that the King was The same accusation was, says the solid in hopes he should not be reduced to the ne- lord, preferred against the members of bis cessity of coming forward and denyiog that Majesty's government during the late war, bis ministers had been concerned io plans of | and with equal falseliood and calumny. This assassination ? And further, if the King is so like the well-meaoing ministry! So of should be compelled to make such denial, a piece with that cuckoo cry of having done are we to understand that the King hopes, o: ly what the late minister did Jast war, a that he shall not be reduced to the necessity cry with which the parliament and the whole of making it with merited scorn and indigoa- | nation was, long before the debates were tion? This is not cavilling: the sentence put a stop to, coinpletely surfeited. is utterly unintelligible ihus far, and, we is equal falsehood and calumny." As much shall soon see that the remaining part of it as to say, ' if we liave been plotting, if we only tends to increase the confusion :-"an have been engaged in dirty intrigues, Pitt " accusation already made, with equal false, and the rest of them shall come in for a “ hood and calumny, by the same authority, share along with us, in the eyes of the " against the members of his Majesty's' go. 1 whole world, and particularly in the eyes 6 vernment during the late war-an accu- ' of the English rabble.'. How very dif. “ sation incompatible with the honour of ferenc the cases, how very unequal tbe ca. « his Majesty, and the knowo character of lumny, admitting it to be calumny in both " the British nation, and so completely de- | instances, I shall have occasion to notice « void of any shadow of proof, that it may hereafter.Such an accusation, the foreign “ be reasonably presumed to have been ministers are told, is " incompatible with “ brought forward at the present moment, " the honour of his Majesty and with the “ for no other purpose than that of diverting “ character of the British racion ;" but, šup« the attention of Europe from the contem- posing that the foreign ministers should be “ plation of the sanguinary deed, which has | able to extract a meaning from this insuf« recently been perpetrated by the direct ferable nonsense ; supposing, that they “ order of the First Consul, in France, in | should be able to discover what is meant by “ violation of the righ's of nations, and in an accusation being incompatible with the « contempt of the laws of humanity and ho. bonour and character of ihe persons against “ nour."- Honour ! honour ! · Where whom it is made; supposing that they shou'd got he that word, trow?" But, with fiod it to mean, that to conceive and abe out going into a discussion of his curi. | the crime, of assassination are witerly in. ous question, it must certainly be allow compatible with the honourable mind of his ed, that the solid lord has, in this place, Majesiy, and with the character of the Bria departed from that candour, for which his tish nation; and, supposing that they should, sect is so famous, as far, at least, as preten- | as, indeed, they certainly will, readily ac** sions go. No man can justify the deed, to cede to this position, what is that to the which reference is here made; but, it is not solid young lord and his colleagues? It is true, that the charge of planning assassina. the British ministry, and not the King or tion was preferred against the English mi. | the nation, against whom the accusation has nisters for the purpose of diverting the at been made. 1o is truly curious to observe tention of Europe from the execution of the | how these men contrive to be nestled in Duke d'Enghien, because the charge was 1 amongst others, to blend and confound their preferred before that unfortunate prince was official characler, when tbey are charged with · arrested. But, observe how anxious these any folly or crime, and when hard driven ministers are to draw in every one to be a for a deferre. At other times, they are party with them! What has their cause in " the ministers," his Majesty's " confidential common with that of the Duke d'Enghien? | seryants. It is they who act; they alone; And why is his death brought forward in and this is clearly pointed out in every word their defence? Might they not as well have and gesture. But, when there is some dismade allusion to ihousands of royalists of grace or calamity to account for ; when, in, the west, who were murdered in consequence deed, the discussion looks at all towards of having been abandoned in the infamous responsibility, then, it is bis Majesty ; it is